Gil Marks


Gil Marks is a food writer and historian who has published five cookbooks on the subject of Jewish food, and was the founding editor of Kosher Gourmet magazine. After graduating from high school at Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, Marks studied at Yeshiva University, and graduated with an M.A. in Jewish History, M.S.W. in Social Work, and rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a Yeshiva University affiliate. Marks was the founding editor of Kosher Gourmet magazine, in 1986, which ran for about six years before closing in the early 1990s. His cookbook, Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World was the recipient of a James Beard Foundation Award in 2005 and was a 2006 IACP Cookbook Award finalist.

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food earned Marks a spot on the Forward 50 for 2010, a list of fifty American Jews “who have made a significant impact on the Jewish story in the past year,” in the newly created “Food contributors” category. The book was also nominated for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for “Reference and Scholarship” and was recognized by Library Journal as the best reference book of 2010 in the Food category.